One day after Anaheim tried to set a world record by releasing 1.2 million balloons to commemorate Disneyland's 30th anniversary, word got back that large clusters of the balloons had been sighted 55 miles away in Hemet, a small town west of the San Jacinto Mountains with 29,000 residents.
But that was news to the folks in Hemet. Indeed, Hemet city and Chamber of Commerce officials said they hadn't spotted any of the balloons, which were released Thursday.
"I saw it, but on television," said Elaine Patterson, a secretary at the Chamber of Commerce.
So where did the balloons go? Most were expected to lose their helium and land in the Nevada desert, officials said.
Regardless, officials believe that Anaheim will easily be included in the next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. The current record was set last November when 384,000 balloons were released in Japan.